Things getting real now

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So just back from a trip. Talked to my real brother out in Carlisle PA area. His work told him within the next two months he has to take a month off work without pay. Talk bout a kick in the rear. Glad my work is doing well. Twist of irony, his boss just gave him a 2% raise earlier this month.

Keep him in your thoughts. He’s a saver and penny pincher like me.

Sorry to rant or vent also.
 
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maybe he can pick up some sort of temp agency/contract work somewhere? Might be good to explore other jobs/employers as he has no guarantee things won't go downhill even worse at his present job.

Also, he might use the time off to schedule any dental/medical exams/procedures/tests and get caught up on everything while still on the company medical/dental insurance coverage (for him, spouse, dependents) I recently had an overdue colonoscopy exam done, the bill was approx $ 4000 but with company medical insurance my deductible was about $ 40.
 
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@53' Stude Has he been with his employer long term? That's an odd demand/request. I would take that as a permanent good bye.

I know in my line of work, it's tough to find anyone and most don't stick around. You could easily make a career out of it as well.
 

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@53' Stude Has he been with his employer long term? That's an odd demand/request. I would take that as a permanent good bye.

I know in my line of work, it's tough to find anyone and most don't stick around. You could easily make a career out of it as well.
He has been with the company since line 2002. Had multiple raises and a solid worker.
 
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Good luck to your brother, @53' Stude . Is there any temp stuff in your area? Heck, take anything. Maybe unemployment? He's earned it.
Oh yeah a reduction in hours/pay qualifies for unemployment but usually it doesn't pay anywhere near enough as a regular job.

But yeah a one month layoff in what is supposed to be a hot job market is a signal that maybe it's time to look for another job.
 
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1 month. vacay. nice.
learn a new skill, disappear, options.
that what I would do; re-invent yourself and never look back

I wish my employer would do that to me, i'd jump on something else just like that
 

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that being said, some folks are near the end of their working career and changing jobs/careers so close to the 'end' is too much work and a pain in the *ss at this point.
Right?

I mean I like the concept and wouldn't mind having the opportunity, but when you have a family of 6 to take care of, the finding yourself thing takes a back burner.
 
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that being said, some folks are near the end of their working career and changing jobs/careers so close to the 'end' is too much work and a pain in the *ss at this point.
of course everyone's situation is different

when I wrote the post from above, I was alluding life situations request planning ahead and have a retreat plan if life happens down the road

no matter what stage of life one's in, you got to have a plan B or C
 
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He is a mechanical engineer
I'm a mechanical engineer too. And those types of events are why I became a physician.

My brother graduated from engineering in 1960 and couldn't find a job for 6 months. And his first job was as a draftsman. I graduated in 1971 (with Great Distinction) and had a good job coming out of college. But within a year there were thousands of unemployed engineers in Canada. If I had lost my job or the company had folded I'd have been unemployed too. There simply were no jobs for engineers.

I thought about what it would be like if I was 50 or 60 and in the same situation. I knew that there was always work for doctors, I was good in school and still in my early 20s, so why not?
 
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